Crafts & DIY

I may not be the craftiest of the bunch, and I’ve certainly been known to hire a professional when ‘doing it myself’ would result in a hot mess!, but I enjoy the simple pleasure of creating things from scratch.  Here you’ll find the craft and DIY projects I’ve done in my day.

 

 

Weekend Recap & $12 DIY Painted Globe

Weekend Recap & $12 DIY Painted Globe

Three cheers for the long weekend and short week!  I hope you had/have a good one!  It helped us transition into the summer vacation that I swear snuck right up on us.  But, we were lucky to have a few really nice, sunshiny days this weekend to go to the pool, which made it start to feel like summer. Mama even got herself a pina colada. #whoa! And Jordan dipped her itty bitty toes into the water for the first time.  I just died over her in this swimsuit and hat!  Too cute!!!  I’m paranoid she’ll get too much sun on her delicate newborn skin,

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How to Build a No Sew Bench Seat

How to Build a No Sew Bench Seat

Ever since we showed our soon-to-be baby-girl’s nursery, a frequent question has been about the bench seat.  It was an easy and inexpensive DIY project, and the bench seat definitely adds to the charm of built-in bookcase.  I really wanted the seat to be functional and not just a pretty spot to look at.  We only have 2 months until she is here and I envision my 5-year old sitting on this bench seat while we’re in here together and also her when she gets older.  

nursery room tour 

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One Room Challenge :: Week 2 – Nursery Design Plan & …

One Room Challenge :: Week 2 – Nursery Design Plan & Custom Bookshelfwith Bench Seat

Hello design lovers!  We’re back with Week 2 of the One Room Challenge, and if you caught my first week post, you know that we’re designing a nursery for our baby-on-the way! It’s super exciting to be creating a room for this little one, but even more exciting that there’s actually going to be a baby in our house soon. We already have a 5-year old son, James, and he is giddy to be a big brother!  In fact, their birthdays are supposed to be just days apart.  Good things coming this March!

I brought one of my favorite designers on board to help with the nursery design since I absolutely love her work and wanted someone to bounce ideas off of and to have on-call for those little decisions to be made along the way.  

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How To Fix Smashed Couch Cushions

How To Fix Smashed Couch Cushions

“Fix couch cushions” has been one of those things on my get-to-someday list that I seemed to have never gotten to for about two years.  Although we are still enjoying our Pottery Barn Pearce Sectional (you can read my detailed review here), the one thing I didn’t love is that the two couch back cushions that are most-often used totally lost their shape after a couple years.

I tried solving the problem by putting an extra pillow inside (the couch covers are zippered and removeable), but that was just a temporary fix that didn’t last long.  

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Snakeskin Kleenex Box from Duct Tape

Snakeskin Kleenex Box from Duct Tape

I’m busting out the duct tape again and turning an ordinary wooden kleenex box into something fancy!  I originally purchased this duct tape (Duck Tape brand) at Target forever ago and turned a shoebox lid into a cool tray.  But, for this project, I ran out mid-way through and then couldn’t find it anywhere.  I looked at two Targets, a Michael’s, and two Hobby Lobby’s.  I eventually had to order more from Amazon.

 

As you would imagine, creating this faux snakeskin kleenex box was as simple as wrapping the tape around the box (I started with the top,

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DIY Wooden Tassel Bracelets & Necklace

DIY Wooden Tassel Bracelets & Necklace

Did y’all have a nice, long weekend?  Best part about it is a short work week! 🙂 We went on a short road trip to Austin for the University of Texas college football game opener (our 2nd annual trip with our son).

I can’t pretend I’m crazy about the game, but I love the football experience, being there with all the people and especially watching my son get so into the game.  I asked him how he knew when to cheer and he explained, “You cheer when they tackle down and when they get a touchdown.”  Okay, got it.

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Faux Marble Console Makeover

Faux Marble Console Makeover

What an accomplished weekend!  We managed to attend a PTO happy hour, two kiddos’ birthday parties, clean the house (including laundry!), rearranged James’ bedroom (switched up the bed and dresser), and finally hung the four family photos that have been sitting against our bedroom wall for months now!  That one felt really good.

Another project that took less than 10 minutes was transforming our entryway console table.  Check out the difference a little bit of marble contact paper made!

This console table was one of the furniture pieces that moved from our old townhouse to our new home over four years ago.  

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Painted Wooden Boxes

Painted Wooden Boxes

A design trend I’m seeing everywhere these days is the colorful geometric pattern.  I’m crazy for it, and have some fun notebooks that make me happy just looking at them.  I wanted to bring more geometric pattern into my life and yesterday, created a colorful, decorative box for my office.   All you need for this project is an inexpensive wooden box from the craft store, craft paint, paint brushes, painters tape, and clear enamel spray to give your box a glossy finish.

MAKE A GEOMETRIC PATTERNED BOX

I started with a rough sketch of how I wanted my pattern to look,

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Downloading and Using Your Fonts in PicMonkey

Downloading and Using Your Fonts in PicMonkey

As a big user of PicMonkey (a free online photo-editing site), I always wished they had a larger selection of fonts to choose from.  In the past, they have expanded their options, but now you can access all the fonts you have saved to your own computer!  I was so excited to see this new development!  But, I recently had to wipe my computer to fix an issue it was having, which meant I lost all the fonts I had downloaded over the years.  Boo!  Over the weekend, I went back and redownloaded and installed (most) of them again.  

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DIY Envelopes

DIY Envelopes

If there’s one thing I feel more and more as the years go by, and as I raise my son and watch him grow, it’s that LOVE makes the world go round and so much sweeter.  As much as I enjoy keeping up with my girlfriends via text messages and all the funny notes we exchange back and forth, there’s still something special about receiving a handwritten note.  It’s a tangible expression that you care, that you went the extra mile to say, “I’m thinking of you.”  Don’t get me wrong- texts, emails and calls can convey the same sentiment, but it’s so nice to get something other than bills and junk mail.  

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DIY Fall Floral Wreath

DIY Fall Floral Wreath

Are you ready for a super quick and easy DIY project?  A faux hydrangea floral wreath is in order!  I made it with just a couple of inexpensive items and it took about 15 minutes to put together. 

You can find the flowers at any craft store, Hobby Lobby sells them often for 50% off.  I used 9 flowers, 3 of each color, and a large straw wreath form.  A wire cutter was used to cut the stems and scissors to make a small hole in the wreath form for where the flowers would go.  The steps are illustrated below.

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Organized Magazines

Organized Magazines

There’s only a couple more things to do in my office before a tour of the whole room is in order.  Last week, I showed you how I recovered my aqua magazine holders with gift wrap and now I’ve updated them with bookplate labels. The aqua wasn’t quite right for my new color scheme and I’m a huge fan of the Rifle paper I used. 

I’m big on magazines, especially in the summer because I’ll take them to the pool, flip through during long cardio sessions at the gym, or for easy reading before bed. Most of my magazines are given to a friend after I read,

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Top Washi Tape Projects

Top Washi Tape Projects

Y’all know that I’ve fallen for washi tape in a big way this year.  It’s easy to use and remove, colorful, fun, and a quick way to add personality to almost anything.  I’ve built up a pretty big collection and have used it all over the house.  

Keyboard

Pencils (use two strips of tape lengthwise)

Kitchen Spatulas

Even the pipes under the sink!

Paper Straw Arrows

Courtney (A Thoughtful Place) made some adorable washi straw flags.

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Leopard Print Stool Makeover

Leopard Print Stool Makeover

You’ve seen these regular wooden stools everywhere I’m sure.

 

I recently transformed ours into this:

I originally bought the stools from Overstock or Amazon for our bar counter.  But, they weren’t the right height and I never returned them, always planning someday for a makeover.  They’ve moved around the house, most recently ending up in our upstairs hallway.

I always knew I wasn’t fond of the reddish-brown color as it clashes with our floors.  After painting the doors grey, and adding some animal print rugs to my office,

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Rifle Paper Magazine Holders

Rifle Paper Magazine Holders

I’m forever rearranging the items in my home office bookshelf.  I have the large Ikea Expedit which is perfect for housing books, containers, photos, decorative objects, etc.  Each cube is 12×12 so there’s lots of space to play with.

While the contents of the bookshelf were generally very colorful, it used to be dominated by aqua.  Now, I’m going for more pinks, blushes and golds in the bookshelf.  Not wanting to purchase more magazine files, I opted to cover my existing aqua ones in wrapping paper.

I’m a huge fan of Rifle Paper Co.

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Office Updates // Inspiration Board and Rattan Chair

Office Updates // Inspiration Board and Rattan Chair

Ever since switching up the paint in my home office from light yellow to white (Divine White by Sherwin Williams), I’ve been making changes to the room and it’s finally coming together.  I decided on a color palette of black, gold, pink, blush, and white — which I am also considering for a blog redesign.


via Saffron Avenue

I put together an inspiration board filled with these colors and added it to a nook in my office, just to the right of my desk. You can see how I made the inspiration board HERE with the black and white polka dot fabric.

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James’ Room // West Elm Shower Curtain into Drapes

James’ Room // West Elm Shower Curtain into Drapes

For James’ room, I wanted wide horizontal blue and white striped drapes, and made them from a West Elm Shower Curtain.  The color is called dusty navy and the material is 100% cotton.  Three problems: 1) I prefer a rod pocket as opposed to the way it’s meant to hang on hooks, 2) it’s too short for the room at 74×72 inches, and 3) it’s not lined.

I’m no seamstress, but I figured I could try what Amanda Carol did and buy three curtains, and use the third one for added length.  

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Washi Tape Kitchen Spatulas

Washi Tape Kitchen Spatulas

Neon colors are HOT right now, so I wasn’t surprised to find these elecrifyinly bright tapes at Target recently.  Seems Scotch brand has jumped on the washi bandwagon:) They are in the paper/school supply section of the store.  The smaller washi tapes on the left were purchased online at Cutetape.com or Wishywashi.com.

I’m thinking, I’ve already taped a shoebox lid, plumbing, and my office bookshelves, “What else can I tape around my house?” Kitchen rubber spatulas??  The colors are perfect!  Why not?!

Aren’t these fun!  

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