It’s my last DIY gift before Christmas and this one is certainly the best for the time-sensitive. It’s hard to even call it a ‘craft’ because it involves little to no skill whatsoever, but that is a really good thing for those of you who may be reluctant to take things into your own hands when it comes to Christmas gifts – like a starter project? Ok, let’s do this.
These guest towels could be used as bar towels, or in the bathroom, or as napkins. They’re so versatile, but I love using them here as a really luxe addition to my holiday bar (with all of that prosecco, you can tell I’m serving bubbly cocktails for Christmas, but more on that next week).
It’s as easy as 1, 2 (no 3!) so keep on reading for the step by step! Continue Reading…
When it comes to handmade gifts, I like to do a little half and half – a gift that’s partially purchased and partially hand crafted. In my family we have very low caps on our christmas gifts, so I did this for my sister a couple of years ago to try to make the most with the $25 max I had to work with.
This gift has actually turned into a big story for my family. That year (and for this project), I went to Home Goods, purchased both the glasses and the decanter for under $20. The time I actually made this for my sister, there was an odd turn of events however. Me, being a little too excited to get started, etched the first wine glass before opening the rest of the glasses. I got a ‘P’ for my sister’s last name onto the first glass and reveled in my creativity. Then, when unpacking the rest of the glasses, I realized one of the glasses was broken. Now, a normal person would have just realized that they had gotten ahead of themselves and bought a whole new set. For whatever reason, I decided to return the glasses. If they had to damage out the set because of the broken one, it wouldn’t matter that one had a ‘P’ on it, right? So I returned the set, told the associate that there was one glass broken. Then she took out the rest of the glasses so I said, “and this glass mysteriously has a ‘P’ on it.” The brand of the glasses was Palm Restaurants, so the associate suggested that as the reason for the mysterious ‘P’.
Why in the world did I do that? In hindsight, I should have cut my losses and just bought a new set. I have no clue what I was thinking but to this day, my family won’t let me live it down. I cried, I was laughing so hard when I told the story to them. Regardless, maybe someone out there bought a 0.99 clearance ‘P’ glass and it just made their day. That’s what I like to think.
So onto the DIY. Similar to last time, I bought a set of wine glasses (no broken ones this time) and a decanter from Home Goods for under $20. The etching cream I had on hand, but it’s just about $8, so it makes the whole gift under $30 and you can use the cream for other projects!
We just arrived back from Hawaii last night and I got to making my homemade christmas cards immediately! I have wanted to do a card with some natural greenery on it for years, but had other card ideas that I kept using. What’s better is that the cards cost just $0.35 each.
I bought solid kraft paper cards and although they were of the fold over variety, I just sliced each in half to make a pack of 12 into a pack of 24. I then ran the cards through my printer with a simple and festive ” ’tis the season” message. A couple sprigs of boxwood from a $9.99 Trader Joes wreath and a little hot clue made them just perfect.
Rosemary would also make an adorable (and fragrant) card.
What do you think? Do you have an hour up your sleeve to spare on these darling cards?
So, I know I’ve been holding out on revealing the cane chair redo, but you know I had a fabric dilemma, right? To recap, I polled you guys on what fabric I should use for my found cane chairs and a grey and black tribal type design won, but once I got the fabric in, I posted about how it was actually like a blue/grey which I didn’t think would match the gold I was planning to use on the chair frame.
So, I chose to use this giant flocked dot fabric from Mood, but it was sold out. Roadblock after roadblock here. I took a closer look at the giant flocked fabric and it reminded me of the yarn ties that I had on a quilt that used to cover my childhood bed. I got to thinking that I could probably make this fabric, so that is just what I did.
Keep reading to see how I made this pom pom fabric to use on my cane chairs! (finished photos soon!) Continue Reading…
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.
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.
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?
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…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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?).
The letters look like fluffy spiders and are fun to make. I’ll give you the step by step coming up next! Continue Reading…
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.
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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