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Have & Make: Harvest Hanky Bunting

What a beautiful time of year for festive outdoor dinners!  I’m prepping for a harvest themed dinner in late September, early October to take advantage of the beautifully colored trees we usually have in our yard around that time.  I’ve begun to put together some ideas, and this easy bunting features handkerchiefs that you could already have on hand.  If not, your local craft store would have a bunch of colors for around a dollar each.  The process is simple:

ONE cut the hanky into quarters, TWO fold diagonally around a piece of twine or rope. THREE secure with a few staples.

Repeat as necessary with all of your handkerchief quarters, or throw in some vintage scarves or tea towels to add more pattern and color. I’m able to carefully remove the staples from my vintage hankies later and keep them relatively unscathed.

There will be more details of the dinner to come!  I’ll show you each little bit along the way, and then the big picture after the party! This would be so cute in team colors for a tailgate, or in all vintage for a shower.  Happy Harvest!

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Have & Make: Stars and Stripes

If you’re still in need of a little decor for your 4th of July cookout, here is a cute and easy bunting that uses striped paper straws.  Don’t have these exact straws? Don’t worry about it!  Make them out of traditional solid color plastic ones in a red, white, and blue color scheme for another take on this easy project.

Just string some twine through five straws, tie your two ends together, then reconfigure into a star shape and glue into place.  It’s that easy! Tying the stars onto a separate piece of twine threaded with multiple straws ensures they’re evenly spaced.

I had a whole box of these straws, and even after two events, still had a fair amount left over.  I knew there was something different from using them for drinks that could be done with these straws.  I’ll probably hang mine layered up with my festive fringey string lights for tomorrow’s holiday!

Give it a try (and fold it up to keep for Christmas!)

Have a FESTIVE Tuesday!

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Have & Make: Summer Cooler Bowl

This ‘Have & Make’ has no DIY involved – but is just a quick entertaining idea for summer.

If you have a globe vase sitting around, fill it with ice and snuggle in a bowl that is similar in size to the vase opening.  Fill it with whatever summer dish needs to be kept chilled (shrimp cocktail anyone?) and you’re ready to go!

Alfresco dining is probably my favorite part of the summer, but dried up food is not.  I use the trick all year long for parties, but for summers, it comes in particularly handy!

Enjoy this quick tip and have a COOL Wednesday!

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Have & Make: Terracotta Cloche

On weeknight summer evenings, after a long day of work, sometimes my husband and I just sit outside with a glass of wine and some snacks instead of a full dinner.

I love dining al fresco, but hate spending the whole time shoo-ing away bugs from my food instead being in the moment.

I thought of using a washed terracotta pot as a cloche, not just because it’s functional, but also because it’s pretty. A simple piece of rope knotted through the bottom hole acts as a handle. And guess what?  Terracotta will retain the head of a hot dish, or keep a cool dip from warming up and drying out.  Double awesome.

This is really a project anyone can do, just be sure to wash your old pot really well and have fun with it! (bonus points for cool colored rope or a painted pot!)

Have a SPLENDID Wednesday!

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Have & Make: Glitter and Glow

Who doesn’t love a little glitter in their lives?  Add in the glow of a candle, and you’re all set.

This glitter candle was probably the easiest Have & Make yet.  Spray the inside of a small vase or candle holder with spray adhesive, sprinkle and shake around with glitter until the surface area of the vase is completely covered.  I would recommend using the larger flakes of glitter as opposed to the very fine powdery variety – you get more impact of the shimmering flakes through the glass than you would with the latter.

Style the candle simply (a little glitter goes a long way) with books, and a natural element like flowers or a plant.  Look at you glow!

I felt glitter was a fitting topic for today because I’m headed off again to a bachelorette party for my future sister-in-law in Las Vegas, where everything glitters (but everything that glitters isn’t gold, if you know what I mean).

 

Have a SHIMMERY and SHINY Thursday. (I know I will!)

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Have & Make: Gilded Water Bottle Centerpiece


Repetition and shine are two things that always makes an impact.  Simple plastic water bottles de-labeled, cleaned, and painted with gold make a stunning centerpiece.  Painting the bottom gold actually has a purpose too.  The paint works to hide the tell-tale water bottle shape of the bottom.  Doing them in multiples takes the focus off of the detail (that it’s a water bottle) and puts emphasis on the whole picture.

You know I’ll dip, paint, or gild pretty much anything so my eyes turned to my recycling bin last weekend.  Create a cheap, easy, and plentiful arrangement for dinner, or scatter around the house in threes.  This project sure has a lot of bang for your buck.

*quick House of Earnest tip: for cleaning the label glue off the bottles, use Goo Gone or an other citrus oil cleaner and then run through the dishwasher on the top rack.  And, If you use cold water instead of warm like I did, your vases shouldn’t steam :)

 Have a PLENTIFUL Thursday!

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Have & Make: Candy-Filled Linen Bunnies

If you aren’t using your linen napkins for Easter dinner, you can repurpose them as little bunnies full of candy.  I’d say ‘for the little ones’ but I ate half of the candy while making these so they’re really for everyone.

It might take a bit of practice, but after one or two you’ll get the hang of how to make the little guys nice and round.  The key is to get the candy all in the middle so that the bottom of the bunny ends up with a balanced bum.  I used a little scotch tape and a cotton ball to make a little poof of a tail as well.

You don’t have to use just white napkins either.  This would be fun with brightly colored napkins, or you could buy a cheap package and let the kiddos draw bunny faces on them. So cute and new compared to the standard plastic eggs! Do you think this is something you’ll try?

Have a WONDERFUL Thursday!

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Have & Make: Graphic Triangle Pillow

It’s a little known fact, that you can buy transfer paper to feed through your printer.   I used to make shirts and bags for every possible occasion in school, but this past weekend it just hit me to use it for a blank pillow that I was going to throw out because it was so boring.

Side note: Make sure your pillow insert can be removed before trying this quick project

If you have a blank boring pillow that needs a new lease on life, make something graphically inspired by whatever is out there (right now, triangles).

Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday, guys!

p.s. Do you want to see my very own special plate from yesterday’s post?  Like House of Earnest on Facebook for additional photos and musings!

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Have & Make: Dipped Wooden Utensils


I’ve been eyeing some fun colored enameled serving spoons for the better part of a year. When I was out searching for a paella pan a few weeks ago, there were a ton of wooden spoons sitting at the register and I just decided to paint some myself.

I just taped my line, used a little craft paint, and finished off with a high gloss food safe shellac to give them that enameled look.

Small side note, however, you should hand wash these, as any wooden kitchen accessory and be mindful of the painted area if using them to cook as it could melt or chip.

I love it because it can be customized to any color you could want! Wouldn’t this be such a fun bridal shower gift?

Have a HAPPY HAPPY Wednesday out there, guys!

ALSO- Want a look ‘Behind the Scenes’? See my interview today on Vmac+Cheese.  I’m sharing so much including how the blog got its name, what’s on my reading list, and where I see my life in five years!

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Have & Make: Bakers Twine


Bakers twine is a cute and stylish way to wrap anything from gifts to goodies – and in a pinch, you don’t have to wait on an internet order, or worry about finding the right color.

ONE Wrap some twine or string around a piece of cardboard TWO color some stripes horizontal to the string direction on both sides of the cardboard and you’re done!  So easy and so cute!

What would you wrap up?

Have a MARVELOUS Wednesday!

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