Now that Thanksgiving has passed, many of us have jumped straight into the Christmas mindset... so today we're sharing some colorful ornament ideas that you can make yourself to help you get in the Christmas spirit. Here are thirty of our favorite modern DIY ornaments for your tree.
I recently had the opportunity of touring an "idea house." The property, a charming 1920's bungalow, belongs to and is maintained by a local family-owned company called Bachman's. The idea house is near their flagship store on Lyndale Avenue in south Minneapolis and is maintained as a landmark to celebrate the family's ancestors who lived in the home, conducting business just a few hundred feet away. Although the company is known primarily as a premier garden center, it also offers home decor items a-plenty. They
I love living right across the street from the public library. Sure, it makes checking out and returning things a breeze (and late fees inexcusable), but there's another benefit. Every six weeks or so, when I see the "Friends of Library Book Sale" sign hit the sidewalk, I can scootch right over and snag the best goodies for a cool 25¢ each.
It doesn't seem possible that another holiday season is upon us, but it is... which means that if you plan to make an advent calendar, it's time to get started on it! This is a wonderful tradition, especially for children... when I was a kid I remember looking forward to opening my advent calendar each day in December. So today we're sharing ten super creative, beautiful ways to make your own.
I'm always looking forward to the holidays because I can finally bring out my felt ball collection! I trim the tree with them. I string them on a garland for the mantel. I hang them everywhere! And they're not just used for garlands. Here are a few fun and colorful ideas for decorating and gifting with felt balls this season!
Who wouldn't want to party with these fun and colorful felt ball kabob cocktail stirrers?!?! See more on Dream Green DIY
Give your shoes some holiday love and turn them into Figgy Pudding! See more on Damask Love!
Make mini pinecone Christmas trees with the felt balls as the ornaments! See more on The Magic Onions!
Create beautiful mini wreaths to gift to friends this holiday season! See more on The Casual Craftlete!
And what about this gorgeous rug? All you do is essentially weave and round the balls together with thread until you've achieved the desired size of your rug! via The Interiors Addict
A package of felt balls from Hello Maypole runs about $18 for a package of 50. You can make a 4ft garland if you string them back to back, or expand it to 8ft if you space the balls out a bit!
If you don't like the idea of stringing them together yourself, you can pick out a wreath-making kit for $75! It comes included with all the supplies necessary (minus a glue gun) to make a wreath for your door!
I cannot tell you how much I am crushing on this woven pendant lampshade. Although, to be clear, it's actually TWO lampshades. Their shapes aren't identical, but their lower circumference is. And that's the important thing, because that's where
It would be a shame to leave a Prince-themed costume out of our DIY costume repertoire this Halloween, for three compelling reasons:
1. Everyone admires Prince.
2. We live in Minneapolis, a city that holds Prince in its heart.
3. He epitomizes what it means to be an artist. He is a legend.
So this Halloween, we're paying tribute to Prince with a Purple Rain-inspired costume. Read on to find out what we did...
Now that the temperatures are getting a bit chillier, I've been spending the evenings curled up on the couch with throw blankets and a warm cup of tea. And if you have too, then you might enjoy the tutorial that I have for you today... I'm going to show you how to make an incredibly simple faux fur throw blanket with fabulous yarn tassels adorning the corners. Click through to check out the full photo tutorial.
While Halloween is a fun holiday to decorate for, you run the risk of going overboard with the jack-o-lanterns and spiders and ghosts. Sometimes store-bought decorations can look downright cheesy. So today we're sharing some elegant ideas that will keep your home looking classy this October.
No one loves Halloween more than kids. Here are some fun ideas on how to make Halloween fun all month long with these crafts you can do with your kids.
Back in the spring we teamed up with
If you are a big DIYer, then odds are you have some yarn scraps lying around. Or if you're like me, you have tons of yarn scraps. So today I'm sharing some great ways to use up those scraps. Click through to check out ten of my favorite yarn-busting DIY projects.
3. If you have black, white and one other color available in your leftovers, give this impossibly cute fox basket a try. Here's the tutorial. [Photo: All About Ami]
10. And last but certainly not least... crochet yourself a fabulous mustache-adorned cup cozy using this great tutorial. [Photo: All About Ami]
Can you have enough baskets? I don't think so. Here is a fun and easy way to upcycle those super inexpensive thrift store baskets you can find anywhere.
I found these two baskets for 25 cents each at my favorite local thrift store. They are the perfect size for what I call "drop zones" for random things I need to set down.
I am personally loving embroidered straw hats and totes. This look on a hat or tote is totally a summer vibe, but I thought the idea could be used year round in home decor. The plan was to attempt it on the 25 cent basket for my entryway. [Left Photo: Koko Polenki; Right Photo: Smallable.com]
Here is what you need:
- Basket: I chose the round basket because it had a tighter basket weave. It looked like a better option for stitching writing.
- Yarn: You do not want thick yarn but you don't want thin string either. I got mine here.
- Chalk Pencil or Fine Tip Dry Erase Marker: I used the dry erase marker so you could see my tutorial. Next time, I will use a fabric chalk pencil. The dry erase did easily wipe off on my basket. I am sure this is not the case for all baskets.
- Upholstery Needle
Write your word on the basket. I wanted the word "stuff" because this little basket was going to hold my stuff. If you are using a dry erase marker, first test it on the back of your basket to see if you can wipe the marks off. I free handed the word, and had to erase it a couple of times. I used a disinfectant wipe to erase my lines. A baby wipe would work as well.
String your needle. I tried to double my string at first thinking the stitching would go faster. It was just harder to feed through the basket so I did a single string and made the writing thicker by repeating the stitch.
Start your stitch on the back and tie a knot to secure the yarn. Do not cut the excess string immediately. Leave a little excess so you can tie off the string when you need to start a new one.
Stitch along your lines.
I will tell you this might take some time, depending on the basket. The stitches would be much easier on a straw basket. Give yourself a little grace with the stitches. I was okay with my lines not following the markings perfectly because I knew the dry erase pen would wash off. There is not an easy 1,2,3... for how to make a stitch. I simply stitched in a way that the letters would take shape. I learned that sometimes if a stitch would not stay in a direction I wanted it to go, I could get it to stay in place by tying it off in the back and starting a new string.
I would also advice ending strings often. This will help you if you don't like the way your letter is looking. I didn't like how part of the letter "f" was turning out so I used a seam ripper and my scissors to undo the letter. Since I had used another string for the other half of the letter I didn't have to rip out the part I liked.
To tie off your stitches. You will do this the same way for a new string and when you are completely done. To do so, tie a knot. For extra security, feed the string through one of the back stitches. Leave a little excess on the end to be able to tie a knot with the start of the new string.
When you are all done, clean up the back of your basket by cutting any excess strings.
Finally, clean off your chalk or dry erase markings with a wet rag. I used a disinfectant wipe.
My advice is don't try to make it perfect. With some baskets this is not possible. I did my best to make it readable with clean lines. A straw basket would be much easier to stitch perfectly straight stitches.
This project could be used to monogram a smaller or larger basket to hang on the wall. It also could be a unique way to label a storage basket like this one.
For me, my basket is used for a drop zone for my keys, mail, and....well, stuff.
Love to decorate with bright colors? I'm with you. There's something about color that just brings a smile to your face. So today we're sharing ten bold DIYs that are filled with practically every color under the sun. Read on to get inspired.
9. Cover an old clock with a pretty pattern using this easy, colorful DIY. [Photo: Hello Glow]
While August (sadly) marks the end of summer break for many, it also represents new beginnings for those of you who are off to college. And just because you'll be living in a plain white box also known as a dorm room doesn't mean that you have to settle for boring décor. Here are ten great ways to add some character to your dorm room.
If you're into this whole yarn wall hanging craze that has taken the internet by storm, but you're not quite sure where to start... this is the place. It is one of those DIYs that is so easy that you'll wonder why you didn't think of it. Well, Gabriela did. Keep reading to check out her project.
Now that summer is in full swing, so is barbecue season... and you can never have enough backyard activities to keep everyone occupied and having fun. So today I'd like to show you how to make your own wooden ring toss game that's guaranteed to keep everyone laughing all afternoon long!
I love the look of woven wall hangings. They're definitely having a moment as you can see them everywhere right now. I haven't really seen round options, but this easy hack can help you create a round weaving right at home!
I love the fourth of July just as much as the next girl, but I'm not the biggest fan of cheesy, literal decorations and DIYs - I prefer a more subtle look for my Independence Day celebrations. And I'm guessing I'm not alone, right?! Here are ten of my favorite understated, less traditional patriotic DIY ideas for the upcoming holiday.
Alexis's DIY embroidered canvas art is about the sweetest art DIY art project I've seen in ages. Not only is it a snap to make, it's fool-proof. To replicate her creation, all we need is some stretched canvas, embroidery floss or craft thread, a needle, scissors, ruler and a pencil and eraser. To see how Alexis put it all together, please visit Persia Lou.