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Handmade Christmas: Leather Home Accessories

DIY gifts

It’s common to hear ‘handmade gifts’ and think about a wobbly knit scarf and ill fitting beanie.  I promise you, this three week series of handmade gifts will leave your recipients really happy to know you.  First up, we have a set of leather desk accessories – a gorgeous fringed keychain and leather catch-all.

Your friends and family with love what some metallic leather pieces do to their space and you’ll love giving something that you crafted by hand.

Handmade gifts - leather

leather DIY gifts fringe keychain

There are so many options based on what leather colors you use.  I bought lots of small pieces from a few different Etsy shops which were more than enough to do this project. It was pretty easy (about 30 minutes total) to get two really darling pieces that you loved ones will be so impressed by.  Keep reading for the full tutorial and templates.

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Gold Wishbone Napkin Rings

wishbone napkin rings

I’ve been all about the wishbone accessories that have been everywhere recently.  From the giant wishbone that I style in so many of my photos to the jewelry, ornaments, art, and so on.  I wanted to do a really really simple project that utilized the festive and hopeful nature of the wishbone and this couldn’t come at a better time.

I’m in full swing Thanksgiving planning with my mom and my sister.  We’re planning to make everything together which I think will be really fun.  I love decorating the table (obviously) so I made enough wishbone napkin rings for everyone in the fam.  How pretty do these look with the falling leaves napkins from Christonium

thanksgiving wishbone napkin ring napkin on placesetting wide

They’re super easy, took about 30 minutes to complete and would be really fun for the kids to help out with.  Using only one main supply and a couple of household items, you can be wrapping your wishes around napkins in no time.  Continue Reading…

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Classy Halloween Party Plate DIY

stamped glass spider plates

Under-the-radar spooky is my favorite way to go for Halloween.  I absolutely love the holiday and love to get into the spirit, but you won’t find any over-the-top party store decor at my house.  I love to do things that can easily be made from my everyday materials.  If I have to buy something that is very specific to one holiday and can’t be reused, it’s got to be really special.

I created this quick spooky spider plate with just that idea in mind.  They’re SO SO cute and get this – the ink can very easily be cleaned off, leaving you with plain glass plates to decorate for the next holiday or event.

spider stamped plates 1 spooky spider plate DIY

Spiders peeking out from under a white pumpkin are certainly spooky, but subtle enough to keep things classy.  If you’re having a dinner party this month, definitely give this easy two-step tutorial a try.  And bonus: if you mess up, there is an easy way to recover, so there are no excuses for not doing this one!  The full tutorial comes next!  Continue Reading…

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Twinkling Sequin Jack-O-Lantern

halloween sparkle jack-o-lantern

There is something so classic about a jack-o-lantern in the fall.  I love seeing a toothy pumpkin grin sitting on a porch all lit up.

With all of the new takes on decorating pumpkins, it’s easy to get carried away, but with some sequin fabric and some cross stitch mesh, it’s easy to get an old-fashioned jack-o-lantern with a little sparkle.  The candlelight glistening through the sequins is so pretty and you don’t see all of the soot on the inside.

sequins jack-o-lantern

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it a million times, I am a minimalist at heart.  I like to see the simple beauty of things and just give them a bit of character (and shine!).

This sequin jack-o-lantern lets the light shine through and lets the facets of the sequins glimmer in the moonlight – just my kind of Halloween.  I’ve got a full tutorial lined up for you too!  Continue Reading…

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Pom Pom Letter Banner

pom pom letter banner

It’s no secret that I love Halloween.  The slightly eerie, but still fun holiday is a great excuse to decorate with the dark and creepy that may not be so well suited in your home during the remainder of the year.

My black pom pom letter banners are quirky and amusing, and can be used for much more than Halloween (fun colors for a birthday, maybe?).

pom boo banner

pom pom letter bunting

The letters look like fluffy spiders and are fun to make.   I’ll give you the step by step coming up next!
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Creating Privacy with Paint

laundry privacy copy

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Some areas in our home deserve a bit more privacy than others.  Bedrooms and bathrooms both obviously pop to mind, but if you have a window (or door, like me) in your laundry room, this may shoot to the top of your list as well.

You can ask anyone who has lived with me (male or female), I tend to run around in my underwear.  A third of my clothes are in the office closet, a third are in the master bedroom, and the balance in the laundry room.  This means that getting ready for my day in the morning involves an underwear clad Erin running from room to room and down to the laundry.

Now, we have a door with a very apparent window to the street in our laundry room.  My 6am trompses down there in undies have most likely led to several a passerby getting an eyeful. When we renovated our laundry room just a couple of months ago, I put my thinking cap on to figure out what to do about this issue that would still allow plenty of light, but block out my buns.  Enter ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape.

laundry room privacy

I’d thought about using a translucent cling or contact paper, but with the high moisture in this area, I figured that I better do something a bit more permanent.  A little border created with the tape and some spray paint made for frosting glass was the solution. The great thing about this solution is that if I ever want to undo the ‘frost’, a little acetone will take it right off.  Nice, huh?

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Simply Funny Halloween Decor

simple halloween decor

Halloween is my favorite time of the year and I really cannot wait to break out the seasonal decor.  That being said, I’m a pretty big fan of Halloween decor that is understatedly scary or humorous.  Last year’s decor was simple with a lot of wood accents and some crows.

This year, I’m doing more of a spooky humor type thing, starting with these googly eyes on lots of things… including flowers.  I laugh out loud every time I walk by my googly eyed hydrangeas.

funny halloween decor

simple funny halloween decor tutorial

ONE drop a dab of hot glue onto the back of your googly eye.  TWO stick a trimmed wooden skewer perpendicular into the dab of clue.  THREE put your googly eye skewer into your flower arrangement.

easy halloween decor

It’s a super simple little seasonal project and would look awesome in some red roses as well – spooky!

p.s.  After I made the spooky eyed hydrangeas, Matt was cracking up at me and mentioned that this reminded him of an SNL skit with Christopher Walken (which I’d never seen), but he showed it to me  and it’s hilarious.

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Quick & Easy Gold Lined Tray

gold and white cosmetic tray

I love an easy DIY which can be customized in about a million different ways. I customized this wall plaque from Michaels with a high shine white paint and a really pretty pebbly champagne gold.

The result is perfect for my vanity and a little place to stash a few of my girly things. This would also be really pretty on an entry table for keys and mail or on a coffee table to corral a case of flowers and the remote controls!

gold and white tray

gold lined tray

cosmetic tray

This project cost around $8 total since I used paint I had on hand and only had to purchase the wooden plaque ($5), patterned paper ($1), and the little foot pads ($2). I swear even a DIY novice could make something they really loved with these materials.  Using a durable shelf liner or contact paper would work well for high moisture areas (like the bathroom) so pull out that pretty paper you’ve been hoarding or that fun colored spray paint you’ve been keeping for just the right moment and make something beautiful!

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His and Hers

patterned silhouette art

Our joint office space is coming a long nicely and I am on schedule to reveal it to you guys next week! In the meantime, I wanted a little bit of art that wasn’t too busy and utilized the pattern from some beautiful napkins I bought in a painterly navy blue grid.

I have two big frames from Ikea that I wanted to use for a his and hers type art to show that the office was a joint space.  Previously, I’d kind of hoarded the office (since my closet is also in there) as an Erin space – but no more!

Silhouettes are so classic and put together with my all white frames, mats, and modern patterned fabric, they make a more updated statement.

patterned office art pattern silo workflow

 

ONE print out some blacked out silhouettes on card stock and carefully cut around them with a craft knife of scissors. TWO fix the fabric to the farm backing with heavy duty tape.  This allows me to use the napkins in the future if I swap out the art.  THREE use spray adhesive or double stick tape to adhere the cut-out silhouettes to the fabric backing.  Place your mat down for a guide to ensure the silo in centered.

office art - his and hers - pattern

 

Isn’t he handsome?! Using a fabric with less white would make more of a contrast between the pattern and the silhouette and I might even swap out the fabric with the seasons or with whatever whim I’m currently on in the office.  For now, I love the modern navy which matches back to my original office design quite well.

Give me your thoughts?  Will you give this a try?

 

Have a wonderful (short) week!

 

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DIY X-Stool

making an x-stool from a director's chair

X-stools come in all shapes and sizes, but you don’t have to stress about finding the right one for your space – just make it!  I used the base of a directors chair that I had sitting in a closet to create this little perch in my entryway and love it!  I had a table runner on hand that I bought just because I liked the metallic natural weave, but had only used probably once, which made for the perfect seat and was quite easy to put together.  The best part is, you could use any fabric you want as long as it’s upholstery weight.  Since mine was already at a 16 inch width, I didn’t have to hem any edges, but that wouldn’t be to difficult either.

director's chair into xstool

Xstool Tutorial

ONE unscrew the arms from the base of the directors chair and discard.  TWO unscrew the brace that stabilizes the top of the legs and put aside – you’ll reattach this piece later. THREE measure the open width of the base going all of the way around the underside of the horizontal supports. FOUR cut your fabric to width (or just a touch shorter) and wrap it very tightly around the sidebars, cutting a little notch out for the diagonal legs.

Xstool how-to

Xstool process

Staple one side of the fabric to the underneath of the side bars.  Move to the other side and repeat, cutting the notches for the legs and pulling very tightly before stapling.  The, re-attach the braces that you removed in step two.

X stool from a Directors chair

Presto!  You’ve got a brand new stool that folds right up and tucks away when not in use.  I’d make a pair of these and bring them out to flank my coffee table when guests come over!

Will you give it a try?  If you don’t have an old director’s chair sitting around, I’m sure it wouldn’t be a hard thing to find at an end-of-summer garage sale!

If you have a tall director’s chair, try this fun DIY that I did in April!

 

Have a FABULOUS Tuesday, guys!

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