The IKEA Moppe series of drawers are plain and utilitarian, made of raw wood... almost inviting hacks and projects. But this particular hack transforms it drastically into a glamorous black quilted Coco Chanel-inspired set of drawers. Click though to check out the fabulous final piece.
I can't be the only one who sits wrapped up in a blanket virtually all winter? There's just something so cozy about typing on the computer with a warm throw on your lap. If you're on the same page, then you'll love this super easy flannel blanket tutorial. It even has pom pom trim!
I don't think I could love a project more. And this is really making me want to break out the sewing machine and whip up a few pillows to use as gifts this season! Make these pillows inspired by those popular gold letter balloons you've seen all over the web!
If I had to choose one DIY trend / technique that I never get tired of, it would have to be dyeing. Mostly because it's a very easy process that (truly) anyone can complete. Plus, the before and after transformation is generally pretty dramatic. There are lots of options when it comes to dyeing too, from traditional dyeing to over-dyeing to dip dyeing, etc.
The one that I've been most interested in as of late though is Shibori dyeing, which basically means shaping and securing the textile before placing in a dye bath. I've simplified the process to make it easy enough for even the most beginner level DIYer to handle, and used rubber bands to create interesting designs in a matter of minutes. Click through to see how the pillows turned out and do some last minute decorating before the holidays roll around.
How does Santa get inside homes without a chimney? He uses a magic key, of course.* But where do you hang Christmas stockings if you don't have a fireplace/mantel? Just about anywhere, but these 12 clever ideas are
It's that time of year... when you start getting invitations for holiday parties and get-togethers. Which means you'll need some small gifts to thank the hostess for having you. Here are ten of our favorite easy DIY hostess gifts.
From babies to grandparents and every age in between, we have your DIY stocking stuffer projects covered this holiday season. To keep things super versatile, all the projects are adaptable, making them non-gender
I've always loved Scandinavian prints. They manage to be both sophisticated and fun at the same time, and they combine so many of my favourite things; bold colours, plenty of patterns, playful shapes... what's not to love? So when I needed a little something to brighten up my bare walls, a Scandi-inspired wall hanging was the first thing that came to mind. Click through to make one of your own!
- Fabric (I used white cotton)
- Hemming tape
- Leaf template
- Foam sheet
- Stamp mount (or cardboard box lid, jam jar lid or similar)
- Craft glue
- Fabric paint
- Balsa wood
Measure out a length of fabric based on how large you'd like your finished wall hanging to be.
When you're measuring, remember to leave around 1/2 an inch (1.5cm) on either side for the hem and the same amount at the top and bottom so you have space to attach the wood strips to mount your fabric.
Cut out the length of fabric you measured.
Give your fabric a good iron to remove any creases, then fold two hems along the long edges of the fabric. Iron the hems so they stay in place.
Insert a strip of hemming tape underneath each hem and iron over the hems again so that the tape fixes them in place.
You can also sew the hems in position if you like, but I used tape so that there would be no stitches on the front of my wall hanging.
Print out the leaf template onto a piece of card and cut out one of the leaves using a pair of scissors.
Using the cardboard leaf as a guide, trace a leaf shape onto a sheet of foam.
Cut out the foam leaf with a pair of scissors and stick it onto a stamp mount with craft glue. If you don't have a stamp mount (I didn't!), just use a jar lid or a small cardboard box lid instead.
Place a piece of plastic film on your workbench to protect the surface from paint. Then lay your material flat so that the side with the hems is face-down. With a pencil, mark out roughly where you'd like your leaves to go.
If you're having difficulty figuring out where to place your leaves, an alternative is to print out more cardboard leaves from the leaf template to use as placeholders. Cut them out and lay them on top of your material so you can clearly see what your fabric will look like when stamped.
Paint your foam stamp with fabric paint. Remove one of the 'placeholder' cardboard leaves from your fabric and stamp a leaf in its place.
Repeat this step until you've covered your fabric with leaves (for best results, reload your stamp with paint after stamping each leaf).
Stamping tends to have an 'imperfect' finish, where some parts of the stamped image aren't quite filled in. If you've found your stamping has left patches and you'd like your leaves to be completely opaque, get a paintbrush and fill in the gaps.
Once all your leaves have been stamped on, cut a small section of foam about 0.75 inches (2cm) long. Coat the edge of the foam with fabric paint and use this to stamp in the leaf 'stems'.
Wait until your leaves have fully dried, then get some cardboard and cut a few strips in different sizes - we'll use these to start stamping in the patterns on your leaves.
To add a centre vein, cut a piece of cardboard that's the same length as your stamped leaf. Coat the edge of the card with white paint and stamp a line all the way down the centre of the leaf.
Then use a shorter piece of card to stamp in the rest of the veins.
Don't forget that the leaves don't have to be realistic - this is Scandinavian inspired after all! I used smaller bits of cardboard to create 'v' patterns and dashes on the other leaves.
I also created dots on a couple of the leaves by dipping the end of my paintbrush in fabric paint and using that as a stamp.
While you're waiting for the patterns to dry, cut four pieces of balsa wood that are around 0.6 inches (1.5cm) thick and just slightly wider than your piece of fabric.
When the paint on your wall hanging has completely dried, lay one of the wood pieces on your workbench, add some glue and then stick down the top of your fabric.
Apply glue to a second piece of wood and place it on top of the fabric you've just stuck down. This will sandwich the top of the wall hanging securely between the two wood pieces.
Repeat this step for the bottom of your wall hanging.
Cut a piece of twine long enough to hang up your wall hanging and then tie it to the top wood strip, on either side of the fabric.
And hey presto, your wall hanging is complete! Don't forget you can customise the colours, patterns and positioning of the leaves on this wall hanging to suit your personal taste and existing decor... there's plenty of ways to have fun with this project and make a piece that's unique to you!
The throw blanket is the quintessential fall accessory. Aside from just keeping you warm, they also add a design element to any space. Here are 16 beautiful options that would fit any budget and they all come in under $100!
Pumpkin Spice Lattes get more and more popular every fall, and the craze will not be be stopping anytime soon. So, obviously, I decided to be one for Halloween. Click through to find out how to make your own PSL costume!
I decided not to go with a literal interpretation of the iconic drink - I mean, who wants to walk around in a giant cardboard cup all night? So I went with a more comfortable, figurative, sort-of variation. And it was so easy to make!
Here's what you'll need for your costume:
- A cheap white dress (I got mine here)
- A white scarf
- Light brown knit fabric
- 8" strip of velcro
- Printed Starbucks logo
- Hot glue gun
- E6000 glue
- Cotton balls
- A straw and a coffee cup top
- A Sharpie
Begin by sticking the straw halfway through the coffee cup top. Glue all around the straw on the underside of the top with E6000 glue. Make sure to do this in a well-ventilated area - this is strong stuff!
Once the glue has dried, clip off the excess straw piece underneath the top.
Put a line of E6000 glue around the lip of the top and begin gluing cotton balls to it... this represents the whipped cream on the PSL.
Next, cut out a printed Starbucks logo. You can easily find one by doing a quick image search on Google.
Cut a strip of light brown fabric that is the same length as the circumference of your waste and 8 inches tall. Glue or sew the velcro along the ends so you can wrap the fabric around your waist. Glue the paper logo to the center of the brown fabric and let it dry underneath a couple of books (so it dries flat).
Next, draw a rectangle on the hip or thigh area of the dress with a Sharpie and write "Drink" above it and "PSL" in a casual handwritten sort of script inside.
I also made a little Starbucks bracelet by cutting out the word Starbucks and taping it to a cuff I already had.
And you're finished! I paired the outfit with black tights and ankle boots, and metallic coppery brown makeup. And you could even take the whole thing a step further by gluing some copper glitter onto the cotton balls to look like cinnamon.
Happy Halloween everyone!
When autumn rolls around, there's nothing I like better than getting out all my chunky knits and soft woollen blankets in preparation for the cooler days ahead. But why stop there when you can add that snug feel to your home as well? Click through for 12 super cosy textile projects for fall and winter.
Make yourself some stylish textile storage with these neon fabric coil bowls (via We Are Scout).
Add a little woollen warmth to your lights with this colourful bohemian pendant DIY (via Love Maegan).
Brighten up your table with this colourful yarn table runner (via Pretty Prudent).
Nothing says comfort like a cosy woven rug (via A Beautiful Mess).
Your plants will certainly be ready for the colder weather with these yarn hanging plant holders (via Fall for DIY).
Autumn is here! I may have been waiting 9 months to say those words. I love all the leafy decor that shows up in and around homes during this season. I've scoured the web for 13 of the best leafy projects you can do yourself!
So maybe you don't like to get your hands dirty. Or perhaps you hate how quickly they rot once you cut into them. Whatever the reason, we understand if you prefer not to carve pumpkins. So we've gathered up 16 fabulous no-carve ideas for your viewing pleasure. Continue reading to see the rest.
I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot of tote bags. In fact my drawers are filled with pretty much every colour, pattern and size imaginable.
But given that I throw everything into these bags as I run out the door including my gym clothes, craft glues and other items that I don’t want anywhere near my food, I thought it was high time I reserved a bag just for my fresh fruit and vegetables. Click through to grab the printable file and decorate a tote bag of your own!
Occasionally, it's tough to find frames or art to fill up a giant space on the wall. Enter: The Tapestry. There are millions and millions of options (you can even have one printed from your own image!) and they don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are 16 of my faves for under $75!
The faux sheepskin from IKEA has many-a-use. And these simple chair covers look fantastic! Actually, the entire room that they sit in looks fantastic and I'd like to move in tomorrow. Take a look!
It's easy to "pin" the interiors you like on Pinterest, yet when it comes to getting started ... many of us are paralyzed. Here are four sources of inspiration and guidance that can not only provide a starting place for your interior decor but also help make your space feel pulled together and cohesive.
The right textiles can be hard to find... matching colors can be difficult, and finding something in the right price range can be even harder. So why not make your own? Here are ten of our favorite easy sewing projects for the living room.
Now that September is half over, I think I'm in my right to start getting giddy for Halloween. Oh yes, my pretties, it is a most wonderful holiday. Costumes, candy, and ghosts. Creepy, ethereal ghosts. That's where this amazing trio of faux ectoplasm comes in. Made